Tobacco control: What’s next?

Despite progress made in recent years, especially through the Tobacco Product Directive, the number of smokers in the EU is still high [Mesk Photography/Shutterstock]

Tobacco consumption is the most significant cause of premature death in the EU, according to the European Commission, causing nearly 700,000 casualties every year.

The number of smokers in the EU is still high, despite progress made with the Tobacco Product Directive. As of today, 26% of the overall population and 29% of young Europeans aged 15-24 are regular smokers.

Public health activists believe the fight against tobacco should become a human right cause.

For this reason, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis will host on 26 March a Global Forum on Human Rights and a Tobacco-Free World, organised in Romania by the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) and the Action on Smoking & Health (ASH).

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